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Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

Mother's Day tulips

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Are you at a loss…don’t know what to get Mom? Show her how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! A perfect gift for a woman with discriminating taste.

Here are some gift ideas and celebrations based on her interests or personality.  We have a Bed and Breakfast Inn location to accommodate any activity you choose.

  • A Sports Fan ~ Catch a game or a gift of team spirit
  • Sweet on Key Lime Pie ~ Head to Key West they’ve got the best!
  • Loves a Little Drama ~ Catch a show at one of the many venues throughout Florida
  • Fancy a Flight ~ Hot Air Balloon ride, Hang Gliding, Float Plane…what does she fancy?
  • Love Wine ~ Tour a Florida Winery, taste and find a new favorite to take home
  • Love Gardening ~ Tour some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens throughout the state.
  • A Fishing Fanatic ~ Catch a charter for a full or half day and give her some reel Florida fun
  • Need Pampering ~ Reserve a treatment or day at the Spa.
  • A Fan of Mysteries ~ Grab a seat on a Murder Mystery Train where you can dine and solve a mystery
  • A History Buff ~ Explore and Tour one of the hundreds of historic sites around the state
  • Enjoy Fine Dining ~ Make reservations for brunch or Dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments throughout the state
  • Love to Drive Fast ~ Forget the Mini Van! Ferrari’s and Lanborghini’s more her speed? Take her to the Exotic Driving Experience
  • Dream of Swimming with Dolphins ~ There are lots of ways to see Dolphins from Orlando down to the Keys

Woody & Pattie

Tampa Bay Blues Fest

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

 

Blues FestivalTampa Bay Blues Fest – April 8th -10th, 2016. The Tampa Bay Blues Festival prides itself on providing the very best in live blues entertainment, in a beautiful tropical setting. Each year since 1995, some of the biggest names in blues music have taken the stage at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. Blues enthusiasts from all over the world come to scenic Vinoy Park to watch this spectacular showcase of American Blues music, performed right on the waterfront. Over the years our stage has welcomed legends such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, and so many others. It has truly become a magnificent celebration of music! In addition to great music and warm weather, you will also enjoy visiting downtown St. Petersburg, with its many restaurants, clubs, and art museums, including the world famous Dali Museum.

 

Watergarden Inn at the BayWatergarden Inn At The Bay – Tampa Bay’s elegant oasis. With over half an acre of lush landscaping and two restored buildings, you will forget you are in the heart of the city. Steps away from everything downtown has to offer: trendy Beach Drive shops and restaurants, fabulous museums, exciting sports venues, Tampa Bay’s picturesque waterfront and marinas. This is not your typical bed and breakfast, they offer modern amenities as well as quaint antiques in each of the 14 rooms and suites. Enjoy free on-site parking, wireless internet and great coffee. Whatever your plans, you will have an exceptional St. Petersburg lodging experience with welcoming innkeepers.

88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo

Friday, February 26th, 2016
Oak Park Inn Arcadia, FL

Oak Park Inn

The 88th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo! March 10-13th, 2016. Fun entertainment for all ages! Enjoy watching the Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding or Bull Riding events along with The Quadrille, a very popular event that can best be described as “square dancing on horseback.” This is oldest rodeo organization in the state of Florida that has evolved from its initial beginnings to a national sport, drawing top cowboy athletes from all over the nation. Participants compete for purses and points aiming for the “Super Bowl” of rodeo, the National Finals held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Looking for quiet privacy, a romantic get-away or maybe just to recharge your psychological batteries for a few days? Step back into the previous century and recapture all the romance, charm and gracious ambiance of the bygone era and enjoy the luxurious The Oak Park Inn, Arcadia’s only “Downtown” Hotel. Whatever your reason may be, the results will be worth it. Proud to be an official “stress free” zone, The Oak Park Inn, of Arcadia is a great place to hide out in plain sight!

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

2016 Florida Strawberry Festival, March 3-13, 2016 in Plant City represents a piece of Americana, a time in American history when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations of their harvests. This event rivals any state fair in the country with guests coming from near and far to enjoy exhibits of agriculture, livestock shows, arts and crafts, horticulture, local food, headline music concerts, carnival, and parades with glorious floats and high-stepping marching bands. The entertainment line-up, year after year, continues to be extraordinary.

Palmer House

Palmer House

Looking to experience the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”? Enjoy your stay and be pampered at the Palmer House where you can relax under the sprawling oaks on a bench swing, take a cool dip in the pool, or just relax in the hot tub. Wanting to pick up the pace a little? You may choose to and go canoeing, horseback riding, bike riding or golfing. Take off on a day trip to local attractions or the famous Florida Strawberry Festival.

Do You Like Antiquing?

Friday, January 15th, 2016

If you like antiquing then you must check out Arcadia, FL– http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/visit-this-tiny-town-fl/

And plan to stay at Florida-Inns member The Oak Park Inn- http://www.florida-inns.com/listings/oakparkinn-arcadia-florida.html

Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop July 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

Pattie Detwiler Talking to Aspiring Innkeeper at the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns 2014 Conference

As many of you know, I was an innkeeper for 12 years and enjoyed every minutes of it. I can’t tell you how many times guest would visit and say they always wanted a Bed and Breakfast or when I retire I want to buy a B & B?  I’ve heard countless innkeepers from all over say that their guests express the same sentiment. The majority of innkeepers are great people who love to serve and truly enjoy what they do everyday.

When I visit a new B & B I really like the décor of, I usually reflect on how much fun that must have been to create something new and fun that other people would enjoy. I ask aspiring innkeepers all the time to make sure they want to be innkeepers and not just decorators, even though both are lots of fun.

If you are interested in becoming an innkeeper and learning more from the professionals, the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns and Bed and Breakfast Consultant Service is sponsoring an Aspiring Innkeeper Workshop in West Palm Beach, Florida on July 17 – 19, 2015. You’ll be staying at a luxury Bed and Breakfast and all accommodations and meals are included. Read More

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

IMG_1561Surprise your Mom on Mother’s Day with a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate. It’s a perfect Gift for your Mom that can be used any time during the year. Moms do so much for us and we forget she likes time away to regroup, rethink and regenerate. Show her how much you care by giving her a Gift Certificate from the Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns. Who doesn’t want to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Florida? She’ll have fun, fun, fun!   Show your mother how much you appreciate her by going out of your way for her now. Florida is always a nice getaway.

Palmer House Bed and Breakfast Lithia Florida

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Palmer House Bed and BreakfastFront Door Palmer HouseGazebo 2Guest Room 2 with wolf

 

 

 

 

 

When I recently visited the Palmer House in Lithia, Florida, it reminded me of the country days I experienced when my children were going up. Sometimes when you walk into a Bed and Breakfast you experience a feeling of, I’m so glad I came. I was fortunate to stay at the lovely Palmer House and received a warm welcome from the owners, Gail and Bob Palmer.  Every little detail of the Bed and Breakfast was well thought out. The color of the front door and the wreath that hung there was so inviting.   I was charmed by all the décor and the spaciousness of the guest rooms. Palmer House sits on 8 acres of land housing a beautiful gazebo for the Weddings that take place there, along with the screened outdoor pool, the enticing hot tub and the beautiful oak trees that give you a feeling of peace. You will see cows grazing in the pasture. I breathed in the fragrance of the blooming orange blossoms and smiled at the lovely flowers blooming as I walked around the yard.

Even though you feel you are in the country, civilization is just around the corner. Palmer House backs up to the amazing community of Fish Hawk Trails off of Lithia Pinecrest Road and the nearby restaurants are plentiful. Also, very nearby is horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking and all the pleasures of the country. What a wonderful place to spend the dog days of summer.

Lithia is located in Hillsborough County near Tampa with lots of shopping nearby. Disney, Adventure Island and the beaches are all within an hours drive or less.

Winter Bed and Breakfast Inns in Florida

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

dolphinJump2Now that the holidays are over and the extended family has returned to their own abodes, it’s time to relax and enjoy the winter season that is Florida and it’s beautiful weather. With an abundance of activities to choose from and countless gracious Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to choose from around the state that offer hospitality and concierge service to their guests, it’s time for someone to take care of you.

Now that I live in Florida and my favorite time of year here is from November to May when the weather is the perfect temperature for having fun outdoors. You can go to the beach, fish, water ski, drink margaritas, sleep in a hammock, or any other type of outdoor activity you can imagine. There are plenty of music festivals, loads of art festivals or fairs, and it’s the perfect time to canoe, kayak, jet-ski or ride an air boat. Who doesn’t like the feel of a nice breeze on your face while traversing on a body of water with your favorite means of transportation? If you have never experienced an airboat ride, you’re really missing out, it’s exhilarating. Take the time to explore the history and cultural of an area and feast on delicious southern cuisine. As I write this I am sitting on my balcony watching the blue herons play across the water, a lady kayaking, a couple canoeing and teenagers waiting to see who gets to ride the jet ski next, along with neighbors playing on the golf course across the lake. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

The Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns are located throughout Florida from the beaches to the lakes, from the panhandle to the keys, there is a beautiful guest room waiting just for you. www.Florida-Inns.com When you stay at a Florida Inn it’s like having your own personal concierge to help you navigate activities you want to pursue.

Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Introduces FBBI Cares

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Florida B&B logo - printFlorida Bed and Breakfast Inns (FBBI) has lots of heart give-a-way. FBBI would love to award a two-night stay for two, including a complimentary Breakfast for two, at a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn to someone who you feel is deserving. Nominate someone who is near and dear to you and tell us their story. Tell us why this person is deserving and special to you in 200 words or less. When you feel a heart connection, it’s a very special thing.

Submit to: info@florida-inns.com
Like us on Facebook
Let FBBI share your story
FBBI will choose the most heartwarming story winner.
Deadline for submission: September 24, 2014
Award Date: September 28, 2014 in Orlando, FL at the FBBI Conference
Winner will be chosen and disclosed during Conference Banquet
Email submissions only: info@florida-Inns
Reference: FBBI Cares

Rules: Like Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns Facebook Page
Permission to Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns to Tell Your Story
Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns FBBI Caring Heart Give-a-Way Committee will choose the most heartwarming story winner

Fine Print:
No Cash Value – not redeemable for cash
Two Night Stay must be consecutive two nights
Based on Availability at participating Inns
Not all Member Inns are participating. See list on website for participating Inns.
Participating Member Inns:  Casa Grandview, West Palm Beach, Fl
Grandview Gardens, West Palm Beach, Florida; Victorian House, St. Augustine;
Hampton Lake Bed and Breakfast, Starke, FL
Cannot be used during Black Out periods and Special Events according to participating Inns.
Must guarantee reservation with credit card and give date of award.
Must disclose to participating Inn when making reservation.
Must be used within 1 year from date of award.
All policies of participating Inn apply.
Valid ID required at Check In
Award cannot be transferred to another.

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